Cun Zhang, PhD candidate at Northeast Normal University and guest researcher at the ACLC in 2019-2020, and Charles Forceville, Associate Professor at the UvA, are the guest speakers at the online ACLC seminar on Friday 22 January 2021 from 16:15 till 17:30.
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Metaphor and Metonymy in Chinese and American Political Cartoons (2018-2019) about the Sino-US Trade Conflict
Political cartoons make meaning by drawing on scenarios that must be immediately recognizable by their intended audience. Crucial meaning-making mechanisms in these scenarios are verbo-visual ensembles of metaphors and metonymies. In this paper we investigate 69 Chinese and 60 American political cartoons published in 2018 and 2019 that pertain to the two nations’ trade conflict. By examining the cross-cultural similarities and differences between metaphors and metonymies, we chart how Chinese and American cartoonists portray this trade conflict. We end by showing how a complete interpretation of the cartoons requires enrichment with insights provided by yet other analytical instruments.